Nina's interest in addressing food insecurity is rooted in her passion for social justice. While studying Environmental Studies and Leadership Studies at the University of Colorado, she learned how systemic inequity can perpetuate oppression and hinder social mobility. After becoming a Boulder Food Rescue volunteer in 2012, her eyes were opened to various different faces of hunger in society. She admires this project because it focuses on increasing access to healthy foods, as well as identifying potential barriers to food security in Boulder. During the summer of 2014, she was introduced to the community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach while serving as a Research Assistant for a project exploring barriers to higher education and the presence of racism in Denver public high schools. She loves how anti-oppression principles inform the methodology of CBPR and feels very excited about the opportunity to work on another participatory project.